Make him one of Thy angels whose feet walk upon this earth even as their souls are soaring through the high heavens. — Excerpt from Baha’i Prayer

One of the challenges of living as a spirit being in the material realm is that we often feel unseen or not valued. We see others get recognition, and then we think it somehow means we are diminished or that the light is shining somewhere else, so I am left in the dark. This creates incoherence within us as we struggle to be seen, valued, and acknowledged. This is exacerbated by a world…

“…for any movement animated by love moveth from the periphery to the centre, from space to the Day-Star of the universe…for when the motivating and guiding power is the divine force of magnetism it is possible, by its aid, to traverse time and space easily and swiftly.” — ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

When we are immature we often make decisions based on limited information or we only see part of the picture, because the whole picture is too big and it would mean taking in more than we can handle. I think this is true for Western society, it is immature, it was…

see through globe on rocks Photo by Louis Maniquet
see through globe on rocks Photo by Louis Maniquet

Oh Son of Spirit! Noble have I created thee, yet thou hast abased thyself. Rise then for that which thou was created. Bahá’u’lláh

Recently, my teenage daughter and I were in the hammock and she was feeling life was not fair. That’s not surprising for adolescents to ponder, and I also know this usually has a background story, so I asked her why. She said her white friends don’t have to worry about racism, about their father or brother being pulled over and getting hurt, and that doesn’t seem fair. …

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In a world that seeks to know, understand, move forward, advance, what space is there for love? Why does it matter? And what is this magnetic force anyway that draws us near and then tears apart, sometimes it seems all at the same time?

“The Path to guidance is one of love and compassion, not of force and coercion.” — The Báb

Two hands connected by a sphere. The hands have words of encouragement written on them and the sphere is as the spirit.
Two hands connected by a sphere. The hands have words of encouragement written on them and the sphere is as the spirit.

It is difficult to talk about things we don’t know about, especially in the culture of the current climate of the era we live in. Making a mistake is not explored, rather it is denigrated. Not understanding something is ridiculed and you are accused of not doing your work. How then can we learn?

It is difficult to explore this area of not knowing, especially in the light of racism that has caused so much damage. A fear that can keep us…

“Within the very breath of such souls as are pure and sanctified far-reaching potentialities are hidden. So great are these potentialities that they exercise their influence upon all created things.” — Bahá’u’lláh

Recently I was reflecting on how the use of breath can help us move from our constantly thinking mind into the body…this inner landscape that holds so much of our story…and it occurred to me that the breath is really the bond between body and spirit. Our breath has truly been with us all our life in this world and it keeps our soul actively connected to our…

Every age hath its own problem, and every soul its particular aspiration. The remedy the world needeth in its present-day afflictions, can never be the same as that which a subsequent age may require. Be anxiously concerned with the needs of the age ye live in, and center your deliberations on its exigencies and requirements. — Bahá’u’lláh

Does what I say and do, really matter? There are so many oppressive forces about us today, that often we are left feeling that our small work, our daily efforts are really so minuscule in comparison to the battery of no’s we face…

Prince’s Continuing Legacy: Avoiding False Dichotomies

How do you thank someone you never met and who is loved by millions for impacting your life and creating change by just existing? For me, you do it through living your truth even more fully.

I hear that often — live your truth — pop culture likes these phrases…but what do they mean? When someone like Prince comes along who does just that, the dominant culture will heckle and laugh — this same culture that throws around profound phrases like live your truth as if it means it. And what does someone like…

Consider then, how all the peoples of the world are bowing the knee to a fancy of their own contriving, how they have created a creator within their own minds, and they call it the Fashioner of all that is — whereas in truth it is but an illusion. Thus are the people worshipping only an error of perception. — ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Recently I have been reflecting on what is success, what is good, what is getting it right and what does it mean to be doing well. We have all asked and been asked, How are you doing? and we…

“The mind and spirit of man advance when he is tried by suffering. The more the ground is ploughed the better the seed will grow, the better the harvest will be. Just as the plough furrows the earth deeply, purifying it of weeds and thistles, so suffering and tribulation free man from the petty affairs of this worldly life until he arrives at a state of complete detachment.” — ‘Abdul-Bahá

It seems we live in a society that is deeply convinced that if we can just live a worry-free, stress-free life we are doing it right. Increasingly I have begun…

Ymasumac Maranon

A writer engaged in healing work - found a place in education — anxiously concerned with the needs of the age we live in!

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